Our College Counseling office provides an individualized and student-centered program.
Tampa Prep believes the college process should be a positive experience where students are encouraged to be independent and self-reliant in their college search. The college counselors work one-on-one with each student during their junior year to select colleges and/or universities that are best suited for their individual needs and desires.
Students are mentored throughout their four years at Tampa Prep by faculty, their advisors, coaches and grade advisors. Each student is advised throughout the Upper School to pursue a course of study that emphasizes his/her particular talents and strengths. Furthermore, they are encouraged to become involved in the life of our community in areas that reflect their unique set of skills and talents.
Freshmen take the PLAN while sophomores and juniors take the PSAT in October. SAT Reasoning, SAT Subject Tests and ACT’s are taken when appropriate for the student in the junior or senior year.
In the fall, juniors and seniors have the opportunity to meet on campus in small groups with visiting representatives from more than 120 colleges and universities. An evening forum on the college application process is offered for all Upper School students and parents early each fall. In addition, a group of private schools in the Bay Area organize and coordinate a college fair in October that over 200 representatives from all over the United States attend. A meeting for junior parents is held each February to address how the process works at Prep. In addition, a college admission case studies program is offered to Junior families in January. (View College Counseling's 2012-13 Events and Important Dates
for an overview.)
Beginning the second semester of the junior year, students attend the college planning retreat. Following the retreat, students meet individually with their assigned college counselor to discuss all aspects of the college application process and the transition to college. In addition, each junior family has an opportunity to meet with the college counselor to discuss college choices and strategies for success.
Each year, Tampa Prep seniors are offered admission to some of the finest schools in the country and many receive substantial scholarship awards. View our 2008-2012 College Acceptances
for a list of schools where our students have been admitted.
For additional information about College Counseling at Tampa Prep, please refer to our College Guide
. Have fun perusing the college links on our site. We know you will find them helpful. In addition, the attached list of books that are located on the parent cart in our library, may offer you invaluable guidance throughout the process. Book list for parents
. If you have additional questions or concerns, please feel free to contact either one of us.